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Gemma Petrie

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Degree: BA Drawing & Painting
University: Edinburgh University
Graduation Year: 2005

New Blood Art Statement

Plunge into the hidden world of Gemma Petrie. From mixed-media rock pools, abstract imaginings of forestry to fantastical, microcosmic organic pattern. Using near neon, saccharine bright colour (somewhat reminiscent of a pop-art palette), set against a deep black backdrop - Petrie calls upon both her memory and imagination to create stunningly original images seemingly floating somewhere in a cosmic field. Stitching together fragments from memory, together with observed pattern from natural ecosystems, her technique results in beautifully raw work, where a cacophony of shape and colour fascinate the eye in overlapping layers.

 

Artist Statement

I am an artist living and working in the small seaside village of Portmahomack, on the Tarbat Peninsula, in the north of Scotland. I mainly paint abstracts in watercolour, but often incorporate many different materials, including found objects, into my work. I was brought up on the Isle of Skye and because of this natural form and wildlife have always been important in my work. 

My paintings, for the most part, are about memories.  I use natural form, landscape as a basis for my work. Within this space I try to find a pathway to memories. Sometimes creating a quiet space to think and other times trying to follow a thread of memory to recall other details. Creating this space is a reaction to the overwhelming noise of everyday life. The small hidden worlds in nature, for example the mini ecosystems found within rock pools and forests, allow me to portray a representation of protection, to describe the need to protect our families, ourselves and our environment.

Solo Exhibitions

2006, Solo Show, Portree Library, Isle of Skye
2005, Residency Show, Skerry Hall, Skerray

Group Exhibitions

2019, Continuous group exhibition., Brown’s Gallery, Tain
2019, Winter Exhibition, The Found Gallery, Dunbar
2019, Showcase 2020, Sixfoot Gallery, Glasgow
2019, Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, Dundee
2019, Of Night and Light, The Velvet Easel, Portobello
2019, Group Show, Wee Art Gallery, Glasgow
2019, Summer Show, The Found Gallery, Dunbar
2019, The Stars go Waltzing, The Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello
2013, Group Exhibition, Southside Gallery, Glasgow
2012, Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2007, Residency Group Show, Timespan, Helmsdale
2006, Group Exhibition, An Tuireann Art Centre, Isle of Skye
2005, Graduate show, Parallel 56, Glasgow

Original works:

Untitled

By Gemma Petrie

£380

Wee Beastie No.13

By Gemma Petrie

£280

Untitled

By Gemma Petrie

£380

Wee Beastie No.11

By Gemma Petrie

£380

Pink stripes

By Gemma Petrie

£280

Untitled

By Gemma Petrie

£550

A While Back

By Gemma Petrie

£700

Untitled

By Gemma Petrie

£175

This Wee Beast

By Gemma Petrie

£280

Insulating

By Gemma Petrie

£220

Untitled

By Gemma Petrie

£280

All Mixed Up

By Gemma Petrie

£280

Waver

By Gemma Petrie

£380

Under It All

By Gemma Petrie

£280

Sold Artworks:

It’s a Small World

By Gemma Petrie

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Crumpled

By Gemma Petrie

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